While the default camera app on Android is perfectly serviceable, it does leave a lot to be desired, which is unfortunate when you take the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google editions into account. They’ve both got great cameras and the stock Android app just isn’t cutting it. Samsung, on the other hand, know how to make a camera app that’s not only competent but, packs in some brilliant added features. The Galaxy Camera was of course the device to feature the most features in its app – for good reason – and so Android smartphones users were understandably jealous. Well, now they needn’t be as an enterprising developer over at XDA-Developers has ported the app from the Galaxy Camera to the Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
The camera app from the Galaxy Camera has been ported to the Google Edition of the Galaxy S4 and the following features are reported to be working:
- Taking photos and videos
- Beauty Face
- Slow and Fast Motion
- Working with both front and back cameras
It should be noted that this is compatible with Galaxy S4s that are running on stock Android as the camera app causes a conflict with the built-in TouchWiz one. Also, the boot animation is disabled when installing the port for some reason. The rest of features are coming soon and the port is a work-in-progress. Features such as Best Face, Burst Shot, and Dual View should be coming in the future. In the mean time, you can take a look at the main thread on XDA for more info.
Hopefully, the port can go a little further and be used on all stock Android ROMs as the default camera app within Android has been stale for a while now. It certainly gets the job done but, I think we’re all in agreement when we say that it’s hardly “exciting”.